It happens when you least expect it
You may be on your way to work, picking up the kids from a friend’s house, or coming home from dinner with your parents. Car accidents happen when we least expect them.
The attorneys at Ringstad Law Office, P.C. understand how terrifying it can be to be involved in an accident and we want to give you some tips on how to avoid accidents and injuries.
We know the basic tips to avoid excess damage in an accident: wear your seatbelt, drive the speed limit, no texting. We also know that distractions are a big threat when it comes to car accidents, and you should try to avoid these actions.
Put your phone in the back seat
It will be much more difficult for you to be distracted by your cell phone if it is out of arm’s reach. If you leave your phone in the back of the car, you will have fewer opportunities to be distracted at the wheel by texting, talking on the phone, or checking notifications.
Keep your eyes on the road
Many people decide to continue driving, even when they feel exhausted. If you’re too tired, you should pull over to a gas station or other area to rest briefly. It is safer to pull over and rest for a bit or switch drivers than it is to run the risk of getting into an accident because you fell asleep at the wheel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4% of about 150,000 adults at or above the age 18, in 19 states and the District of Columbia, said that they had fallen asleep at least once in the last 30 days.
You should always keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road to avoid dozing off.
Some drivers like to slightly recline while they’re behind the wheel. If you’re too comfortable while you’re driving, you may be more inclined to doze off while driving.
Make sure that you and your passengers are upright and alert while in the car. Passengers should also keep their feet off of the dashboard, as it can greatly increase injuries in the event of an accident.
Your car – your rules.
Make a rule in your car that all passengers must be wearing their seatbelts before you leave for your destination. This way, you’ll be sure that everyone is as safe as possible while you’re on the road. Passengers may be distracted while in the car so they could forget to buckle their seatbelt for the ride.
Also, oftentimes, passengers may not want to wear their seatbelts on a long car ride if they’re planning on lying down because they may feel it’s uncomfortable. Make sure they are wearing their seatbelts.
If you put this rule into place, you and your passengers will be safer in the event of an accident.
We understand that distractions come up while you’re in the car. We want you to try to avoid those distractions at all costs, and these tips should help you to do so.
If you find yourself in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys at Ringstad Law Office, P.C. We are here to help. Call our Fairbanks, Alaska office today.